Michael De Groote, writer for the Mormon Times section of the Deseret News, contacted me last week while he wrote a story about the rollout of New FamilySearch. Groote's story was published online yesterday. The title of the article? "Rolling out TempleReady Online."
Groote also spoke with Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. Nauta mentions some confusion over the term, "New FamilySearch." Remember when we first heard about "Common Pedigree?" Remember when we were told that the name was being changed to "new FamilySearch" with a lowercase "n"? Recently I've noticed FamilySearch Labs using the term "Family Tree". From Nauta's comments, it seems this name change is, indeed, occurring.
According to Groote,
The new process [being rolled out] is temporarily being called "TempleReady Online" after the more complicated, older "TempleReady" desktop computer program. ... But there has been some confusion. Because FamilySearch, the LDS Church's genealogy brand, is working on several projects, some people have mistakenly thought the rollout of TempleReady Online is the totality of the "new FamilySearch."
TempleReady Online and FamilySearch Family Tree are only two pieces of the new website that will eventually replace the old FamilySearch.org. Groote quotes Nauta as saying,
New FamilySearch is going to be a wiki, a new search engine, an indexing program which allows us to index records worldwide and an online family tree—where people will actually be able to add, manage and share their family history online in real time, kind of like a desktop program but without all the bells and jingles. Those are all different features and benefits that are coming under what we call the new vision of FamilySearch.
TempleReady Online is just a function of Family Tree. Family Tree is described as an alternative to PAF, not a replacement. "People will still be able to use PAF if they wish to do so," said Nauta.
Regarding the rollout, Nauta revealed no new information. "I think the Wasatch Front is going to be the last." Groote closes the article with his mention of the Ancestry Insider:
Although FamilySearch has no official list or published schedule of the rollout, an un-official map at the Ancestry Insider blog keeps track of TempleReady Online's implementation.
Thank you, Michael. It is an honor to be mentioned.